I've always loved Wesley! I thought he was adorably dorky in Buffy S3 and Angel S1 Then he turned bad ass and I fell in love!!
I first say Alexis Denisof in 'Sharpe' wearing an old-fashioned military uniform...so, yes, I figured they had to try very hard to hide Wes innate sexiness for 3 whole years, until he kinds comes into his own at the end of S3.
He is an awesome character, that undergoes an incredible transformation thats completely believable.
I'm not sure the disconnect between the buffoon we see in Buffy and the badass we see in Angel isn't too great to process for a lot of us.
He was the archetypical cowardly administrative lackey for the Watchers' Council in Buffy and the courageous rogue demon hunter in Angel. It would have been better if Wesley in Angel had been introduced as Wesley's twin brother (what would be a good English name - Geoffrey?). Alexis could pull off both easily and a show featuring both together (like they did with Xander in "The Replacement") might have been a good idea. In fact, a fight with a Toth demon leading to the creation of the bumbling Wesley of Buffy and the badass Wesley of Angel might have been a good episode to explain the huge reversal in character. Just like the spell that united the two Xanders leaving a better Xander, the uniting of the two Wesleys could be used as the explanation for the character shift. But as it stands, it is too jarring a disconnect for me to believe in terms of ordinary character growth.
Not to be sacrilegious but I prefer Wesley and Lilah to Wes and Fred - at least in terms of hotness! He really can rock a sex scene - all sweaty and.......*fans self*
People reading this thread, globally, are currently fanning themselves now!
He certainly looks like he knows what he's doing
...unlike Connor (gag - I'm so mean mocking the poor virgin from a hell dimension)